Joseph O'Brien 12:30 p.m., Aug. 16
La Jolla resident convicted of selling compromised cancer treatment drugs
La Jollan James Newcomb has been sentenced to two years in prison for providing adulterated cancer drugs to a doctor in St. Louis and elsewhere across the United States, Courthouse News Service reports.
Newcomb pushed the “cold chain” chemotherapy drugs Neupogen and Rituxan on Missouri oncologist Dr. Abid Nisar and others by offering them at discounts of up to 60 percent. But these drugs need to be kept at a constant temperature in order to maintain effectiveness, and Newcomb’s supplies were neither stored nor shipped in compliance with manufacturers’ requirements.
“This sentence aptly reflects the serious nature of this crime,” said the Food and Drug Administration’s agent in charge of criminal investigations for the Kansas City Field Office in a statement.
In addition to the prison term, Newcomb will forfeit $1.4 million in cash plus a Land Rover.
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